Welcome to Down the Drive’s shortened preview of this weekend’s Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday gameday. If you’re a Bearcat fan, my condolences, you’ve been dealt with yet another all important matchup this Saturday.
No, I’m not talking about SMU (or Houston or Memphis for that matter). Rather, your friendly ole’ UCF. A team that, by many standards, qualifies as Cinci’s most intimidating rival within the AAC.
(OK, maybe intimidating isn’t the best word to use for this year’s UCF team, but they are still a team that needs to be taken seriously.)
Perhaps the most intriguing factor of this matchup is the Knights’ track record with pulling off the elusive undefeated season. I think I speak for all Bearcats fans when I say the the years of 2017-18 weren’t all that fun for the rest of the AAC thanks to a certain team ripping the conference apart.
As the old saying goes, what comes around goes around.
Cincinnati may be on the verge of qualifying as the first ever group of five team to advance to the College football Playoff since its inception in 2014. But the truth remains that their opponent has been in this position, too. And that’s pertained to be the case in this rivalry for the last few years now.
Expect an intense one this Saturday, win or lose.
- Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021
- Location: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Television/Stream: ABC
- Online/Mobile App: ESPN+
- Television Announcing Crew: Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (analyst) and Kris Budden (sideline reporter)
- Radio: 700 WLW AM/ Sirius 113 / XM 201 / Internet 970 / The Varsity Network: “Search Cincinnati” for mobile devices
- Radio Announcing Crew: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Jim Kelly Jr. (analyst)
- Series History: Cincinnati and UCF remain deadlocked at a head-to-head record of 3-3 after last year’s 36-33 nail biter Bearcat victory. UC is 2-1 at home against the Knights in AAC play thus far.
Cincinnati opens Saturday’s duel as a whopping 21.5 favorite. The total over/under is slated at 56.5, with the former of the two options qualifying as the more picked choice thanks to the Bearcats going over in six of their last nine games.
UCF is 1-6 in their last seven ATS overall and 2-8 in the same category for their last ten conference matchups. However, the Knights have garnered victory for bettors in four of their last five ATS vs the Bearcats.